Sony has announced the Xperiz Z4v, a variant of the company's Xperia Z4 flagship, offered exclusively through Verizon.
The interesting thing about this phone, however, is its focus on gaming. Through the device, users can remotely stream and play PlayStation 4 games.
"For gamers, Xperia Z4v allows you to break away from your TV and continue your PlayStation 4 gaming anywhere in your home via PS4 Remote Play," said Verizon in a statement. "Simply connect your Xperia smartphone to your PS4 via home Wi-Fi and use your DualShock 4 Wireless Controller to play full versions of your favorite PS4 games directly on your phone when your TV is in use."
The news comes only one day after Sony made some big announcements at the E3 gaming conference, and the company is hoping that the excitement surrounding its gaming offerings will continue when it comes to its gaming-focused smartphone. The Xperia Z4v will even be shown off at the company's booth at E3.
Of course the phone isn't just about gaming, and it offers some pretty impressive specs that aren't gaming related, featuring a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor, 3 GB of RAM and between 32 GB and 128 GB of internal storage. All of these specs certainly live up to the "flagship" status.
The camera is also pretty impressive, with a 20.7-MP rear-facing camera and a 5-MP front-facing camera, both of which have a 25 mm wide-angle lens and are designed to get a wider field of view than most competitors. The cameras are also able to record video at 4K, putting that processing power to work. It also is waterproof.
The device also features Quick Charge 2.0 compatibility, allowing users to get 8 hours of power after charging for only 15 minutes. Of course, this will only come into play for those who can't get a full day out of the rather large 3,000 mAh battery. And this battery power will be needed to run the 5.2-inch 2K display. This display actually beats out that of the standard Z4, which is only 1080p.
While the specs are certainly nothing to laugh about, the design of the device isn't as impressive. In fact, the design looks a little outdated, being more similar to the Z2 than the newer and sleeker Z3 or Z4. It will be available this summer in black or white.
Sony did a similar thing last year, trying to tie the announcement of the Xperia Z3v to PlayStation-related announcements. The Xperia Z3v was also Verizon exclusive, and must have generated enough buzz for Sony to do the same thing this year.